Permanent Perfect Eating, for Permanent Weight Loss, Part 1 – Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting – Probably Your Most Powerful Tool For Healing Yourself

If you think I’m exaggerating then check out the 2016 Nobel Prize for Medicine (links below)

Permanent Perfect Eating, for Permanent Weight Loss

Without going into too much detail fasting regularly improves your body’s ability to get rid of its ‘sick’ cells, and encourage new ones, and it does this through various mechanisms.

One is that it stimulates a process as autophagy or ‘self-eating’ – think of this as self cleaning and recycling. (See the 2016 Noble Prize).

Another is that it lowers sugar (glucose).  Sugar is a very ‘dirty’ energy, but it is easy to burn. Think of it like kindling that gives off lots of foul black smoke.

Another is that it raises the really good energy source, made from fats,  known as ketone bodies.  Ketones are a really clean energy source, but less easy to produce than sugar. Think of it like solar energy. A lot of installation needed, but once set up it’s much, much easier with no smoke.

And this is the problem.  Because sugar is so much more ‘easy’ our body will burn it in preference to fat, no matter how much fat we have.

We can only store 12 hours’ worth of sugar (about 2000 calories), after which our body is forced to break down fat into ketone bodies.  Even lean people have 60-80,000 calories of fat they can burn, so you cannot actually ‘starve’ to death for quite some time.

The trouble is, with the myth of ‘breakfast’ having to be early, many of us rarely go more than 10 -13 hours without eating more food that contains sugar. Sugar means any carbohydrate or starch – so the typical breakfast cereal, even muesli or porridge oats, is sugar. Pasta is sugar. Potatoes and rice are sugar. Even proteins from meat and fish, nuts and seeds can be turned to sugar.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can be practiced in a number of ways, but the one I focus on for patients is daily, trying to have  at least 13, and really at least 15 or 16 hours, from your last intake of calories on one day, before breaking your fast the next day.  In reality this often equates to skipping breakfast and eating 2 meals a day.  You don’t have to jump right into this, and if you do have a medical condition then you should really consult us first, so we can help ease you into it.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting can be profoundly beneficial to your health

  • efficient weight loss,
  • reversal of type 2 diabetes
  • improved cardiovascular health
  • reduced cancer risk, gene repair
  • increased longevity
  • protects muscle
  • protects the brain and nervous system
  • decreases inflammation
  • helps reduce autoimmune diseases
  • improves mode
  • decreases stress
  • improved endurance and athletic ability (see the Running on Fat movie – link below)
  • and more

Caution:

  • People that would be best served to avoid fasting, unless they are being supervised by a specialist, include those living with chronic stress (adrenal fatigue), and those with cortisol dysregulation. Pregnant or nursing mothers should also avoid fasting

For more information

Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with a practice in Canada, has written an important book:

The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting,” co-authored with Jimmy Moore. It details how to implement fasting and overcome some of the most common challenges that might arise, including persistent fears and myths associated with extended water fasting.

Make use of our free daily coaching on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BodyInBalanceUK/

If you would like help making intermittent fasting a part of your life we consult by phone, over Skype, or in person. Call us to book – 01707 662 704

The Running on Fat movie:

The 2016 Nobel Prize:

https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2016/press.html

Move on to Part 2 of Permanent Perfect Eating

Permanent Perfect Eating for Permanent Weight Loss 2 – Cultured Foods

 

Happy World Freedom Day

Happy World Freedom Day

This is an email I sent to patients today (9/11/16)

Yes, it really is World Freedom Day. (..and health freedom for you if you keep reading)

It was mentioned on ClassicFM this morning, and along with Trump winning the US election, and the recent UK Brexit vote and it started me thinking.

…and then I listened to my favourite morning motivation – Pete Cohen at www.Mi365.me and he had made me think even more.

Pete said that nothing you can do today will change the outcome of the two recent votes.

Life isn’t about what happens outside of us, it’s what we choose to do with these ‘happenings’ that determines our future.

Today you can choose to ‘Vote for Yourself’, you can grab your own headlines.

…and so I thought, ‘What is my manifesto, what would I do if I had millions of pounds to run for office?’

This made me realise that my manifesto needs no multi-million pound campaign.  I can start right now.

You see, what I want, is to make my community the healthiest, happiest place to live in Great Britain.  I want to make Great Britain the healthiest, happiest country in the world.  I want the World to take note, and become a healthier, happier planet for my children to enjoy.

At the moment in the UK, our amazing NHS is under crippling pressure, and prescriptions for anti-depressants and mood altering drugs is spiralling upwards out of control.  We are getting sicker and less happy.

But do you know what the shocking truth is?

About 50% of everyone depending on expensive medication could be off it in 6 months with just one change!  One FREE change.

This would mean in one year the entire health of the nation would be vastly improved, the NHS saved, and more able to cope with emergencies, which would make us all happier.

So, would you like to know what that one change is?

A change that can improve heart disease, diabetes and dementia?

A change that alters DNA and decreases cancer risks?

A change that can lead to permanent fat loss, better moods, clearer thinking and less pain?

All you have to do is make a choice that will change your life for the better, forever.

I’m already sharing this patients this week as I learned of new discoveries this weekend, but I’m going to get very public about it, especially if you decide to help me save the NHS.

For 7 weeks, every week day, from next Monday, I’ll be doing a ‘Live’ broadcast:
https://www.facebook.com/BodyInBalanceUK/

You don’t have to wait until Monday though, as you can get onto Facebook today as I start sharing my NHS-M:  National Health Saving Manifesto, later today – 2pm.

I also plan to hold a talk in Brookmans Park within the next 4 weeks, going into detail on the ‘one change’.

For now, get onto Facebook and tell your family and friends it’s time to vote for themselves.

Look out for another email on Friday from me.

Be Well

Chris
01707 662 704

Golf

What Every Golfer Wants

The eye test I spoke about, to detect your toxic load, and asses possible nutritional deficiencies:
The VSC Test

More info on Cellular Detox:
http://feelwell.today

Some great exercises to try as both a warm up to your golf, and a warm up to your day:

Tai Chi Twists – I prefer to ‘slap’ my upper chest/front of shoulder, rather than the front lower rib area – try both and ‘feel’ which is right for you

Balance: There are a number of great balance exercises, and this is a good introduction

The Lunge and Twist:

Adult Pain Starts In Childhood

Did you see the news?

Arthritis Research UK funded a study that found chronic pain is far more prevalent than anyone thought (unless you happen to be a pain relief specialist like little old me).  Over 50% of the adult population is suffering.

While mild chronic pain can be ‘lived with’, up to 14.3% have moderate or ‘severely disabling’ pain. That means more than 1 in 10 people have their life negatively affected, and often in more than one way.

First off, there is the immobility, meaning less enjoyment of once pleasurable activities and hobbies and even inability to do everyday things like getting your socks and shoes on.

Next up is the emotional toll. For some the mental/emotional strain is so great they consider suicide.

Then there are the side effects of medication. There is no such thing as a safe pain killer or anti-inflammatory drug.  Some can prove fatal with just one dose, but all have long term effects either on the liver, kidneys, brain, bowel, stomach, immune system or joints.  Medication leads to side effects and more medication and often a shorter life.  It is a common occurrence that when elderly patients are hospitalised with an ‘unknown illness’ it is found to be the side effects to the 4 or 5 drugs they are on that proves to be more fatal than the actual conditions they are being treated for.

What is the answer? Where did all this pain come from?

What the study did not look into was what is causing all this pain and disability and what the way forward may be.  This is where my 20 years of experience and continued research may shed some answers.

Many of the chronic pain conditions suffered by our aging population actually have their route causes in earlier life – even childhood and child birth.

Poor Posture

The development of poor posture is a big one, and this really starts at the age of 5 when we go to school and get told to ‘sit still’.  Our spine, our nervous system and our bodies are NOT meant to be still at 5.  In order to fully develop a healthy brain and nervous system, and a good upright posture, you need to be fully mobile.

This is why we offer free annual posture checks for our patients children from age 3 – 10, and why we would love to perform posture checks in nearby primary schools.

poor posture causes pain

A second huge, under diagnosed cause of chronic pain is toxic accumulation. This again starts in childhood.  Even the safest pain killer – paracetamol – given to children as Calpol, can cause lifelong health issues with as little as one dose!  Asthma, eczema, kidney problems, liver toxicity and increased diabetes have all been linked with levels of paracetamol currently thought safe in Calpol.

toxins cause pain

I have written about the dangers of Calpol in the past, and have more extensive articles on toxicity planned.  The toxic cause I’d like to highlight today is ‘polypharmacy’ – the use or 2 or more drugs in a single patient.

Too many people are mistakenly being prescribed more drugs than they need. 66% of people suffer bad reactions, some so severe that even properly prescribed medicine is a leading, preventable cause of death in the UK. 40% of the elderly are actually given the WRONG prescription.  Ideally you should have regular full reviews with your GP. Next best is the pharmacy that dispenses the drugs.  Often GP’s and pharmacists are too busy to fully check prescriptions, so we offer our local community this free service.  We can give you guidance so when you next see your GP things can be dealt with quickly.

To make use of our Posture Checks for Children, or our Prescription Review service, call us on 01707 662 704.

May 16, 2016

I am enough

By ‘I am enough’ I mean ‘You are enough’

Whatever health, stress or ‘life’ problem you have, there are 3 things about your brain and mind that if you know about, you can use for your benefit.

Marisa Peer was voted ‘Britain’s favourite therapist’ for a very good reason. Her approach is simple, clear, and above all, effective.

Take the time to learn from Marisa, and watch what happens.

Be Well

Chris

 

The Cause of Fibromyalgia

Is this molecule the cause of all fibromyalgia symptoms?

Fibromyalgia is a complex syndrome, characterised by body wide pain, chronic fatigue and ‘brain fog’.  This is just the 3 main symptoms, there are as many as 200. There is no known cause, and no known cure.

My own belief is that fibromyalgia, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and the rest of our western chronic diseases have many causes, and the art of helping these patients is in understanding each individual case.

Having said that, there now seems to be an explanation for the vast amount of symptoms and the common link between them.  The link is a molecule called AMPK. (Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase).

AMPK is needed for many different processes including energy production (via your mitochondria) and pain control.

ampk fibromyalgia cause

In certain cells of fibromyalgia patients AMPK is not being ‘activated’, so this disables energy production and promotes pain and inflammation.

What is not yet known is why AMPK is not activated, but it seems possible it is to do with environmental toxins, and general strain on our detoxification systems  – mainly the liver and kidneys.  Stress also has a detrimental effect on at least brain AMPK. ( The role of oestrogen in pain, liver function, mitochondria, and why women suffer more with fibromyalgia will be the topic of another post soon).

There are a number of ways to safely and effectively promote AMPK activation.  One is via a calorie restriction diet (which is part of our detox protocol).  Another is to exercise (which if you have fibromyalgia is unlikely to happen).  A third is to take a Chinese medicinal mushroom called ganoderma lucidum.

Ganoderma is Good for You

There is a drug (called metformin) used for diabetes that can also activate AMPK but it can lower B12 (not good for fibromyalgia) can cause lactic acidosis (not good for fibromyalgia) and can cause a long list of side effects.

A recent study has shown that 6g a day of ganoderma for 6 weeks improves the physical fitness of women with fibromyalgia.

Ganoderma has a number of other general health benefits (including liver and kidney) , you can learn more about it here:

Improve Your Health in 30 Days – Drinking Coffee

And here:

The Health Benefits Of Nitric Oxide

If you have fibromyalgia and would like to keep in contact, then please enter your details on this form:
http://fibromyalgiahelp.gr8.com/

List of related scientific studies:

Ganoderma and Fibromyalgia
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26545669
Fibromyalgia and AMPK
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25779083
AMPK and environmental toxins
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25422162
AMPK – needed for mitochondria – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25861159
AMPK and pain – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26132721
Metformin and lactic acidosis
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26882092
Vitamin B12 deficiency – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27130885

Ganoderma and AMPK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23266269  (liver protective)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21929808

Ganoderma and Liver and Kidney – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24716165

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26826268  – pancreas and ganoderma

Metformin Side effects:

More common

  • Abdominal or stomach discomfort
  • cough or hoarseness
  • decreased appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • fast or shallow breathing
  • fever or chills
  • general feeling of discomfort
  • lower back or side pain
  • muscle pain or cramping
  • painful or difficult urination
  • sleepiness

Less common

  • Anxiety
  • blurred vision
  • chest discomfort
  • cold sweats
  • coma
  • confusion
  • cool, pale skin
  • depression
  • difficult or laboured breathing
  • dizziness
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • feeling of warmth
  • headache
  • increased hunger
  • increased sweating
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • nightmares
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
  • seizures
  • shakiness
  • shortness of breath
  • slurred speech
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • wheezing

Rare

  • Behavior change similar to being drunk
  • difficulty with concentrating
  • drowsiness
  • lack or loss of strength
  • restless sleep
  • unusual sleepiness

 

At Home Acid Buffer Test

Take the Lemon Test to Learn if You Need to Alkalize

The home acid buffer test is very easy to do. Scroll down for instructions.

Acid/Alkali Balance – What is it REALLY About?

The technical measure of acidity and alkalinity is pH, and the pH of our blood must stay between 7.35 and 7.45 to remain healthy and alive.  Because this pH is so critical to life is tightly regulated by various mechanisms in the body.

In fact, it is so important to keep the blood at the right pH your body will may well break down bone, or pump your arteries full of cholesterol in extreme cases of pH imbalance.

acid alkali balance

Because today’s modern diet, lifestyle and stress levels all contribute to acidity in the body, it has become a focus for many clinicians to ‘alkalise’ the body.

This has given rise to lots of confusion as the body does not really become acid or alkali.  What is happening is that the ‘alkaline diet’ provides your body with what it needs to stay in the perfect pH range without having to break down bone (causing osteoporosis), or raise cholesterol.

There is more to it than this, including the fact that the more ‘acid stress’ we put on areas of our body, the less oxygen is transported, and the more chances of cancer.

The basic overview of the alkaline diet is ingest  less acid forming substances – dairy, wheat, meat, tea, coffee, alcohol – all the usual suspects – and have more alkaline forming foods – green vegetables!

Notice I said ‘acid forming’ and ‘alkaline forming’ as opposed to just acid and alkali.  This is because what a food starts of as on the outside of your body is not the same as it gets broken down to inside your body.  Milk for instance is alkaline, but once digested is more acidic.  Lemons, although acidic, break down to be alkaline forming.  Some foods, like eggs, are OK cooked, but not raw.  Wheat in any form is a major acid former, except when puffed! (Don’t ask me why – I’m sure the answer is out there).

alkaline foods

What made me realise understanding acid/alkali balance could be a major key to health came from listening to an Anthony Robbins course – Get the Ultimate Edge.  In the section on health he relates two stories, both about people with genetic disorders who were helped enormously by ‘alkalising’.

The first was a lady who had genetically high cholesterol and was obese.  She had apparently been studied since she was 14, and no diet and no drug made any difference. Then she started an alkalising diet and lost 6kg in 6 weeks, and halved her cholesterol too.  The theory was that she had high cholesterol in her blood to help lower her acidity – so remove the acid and the cholesterol goes down to!

The second example was more extreme.  A 21 year old who had broken over 200 bones, and could break more just by sneezing or coughing.  He was expected to die soon and his dying wish was to meet Tony Robbins.  Tony introduced him to alkalising and 12 years or so later this fragile man is now pumping iron and has become a motivational speaker – Sean Stephenson.

Now I’m Going To Blow Your Mind

The single biggest cause of acid stress is exercise.  By a long, long way.  This often comes as a surprise, even though most people are aware of lactic acid being linked to exercise. So if you exercise, and are not taking alkalizing super nutrients you are probably in trouble. The only way to know is to do the test below.

The best single alkalising superfood is the reishi mushroom (aka ganoderma lucidum) , which we recommend in combination with a multi-greens powder.  For the exact makes we use scroll to the bottom.

Ganoderma is Good for You

Ganoderma is Good For You

How to Test your own Acid Buffering at Home

Take this test before your 7 Day detox, and then again at the end.  If it is not perfect then you need to increase the alkalising superfoods until it does improve. (You may need to take the greens powders up to 20 times a day in severe cases)

The Acid Buffer test is a dynamic measurement of your body’s alkaline mineral reserves, which are one of the system’s that your body uses to deal with acid and alkaline imbalances.

Instructions

  1. You will need a roll of Universal pH paper to do this test, which will take about 7 minutes to complete and consists of taking the pH of your saliva 7 times.pH strips
  1. Take 7 strips of pH paper and lay them out on paper towel. (click on the picture to order some)
  2. Prepare your lemon juice drink: 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of water.
  1. To take a saliva pH reading: Make a pool of saliva in your mouth and dip half of the strip into this pool of saliva, remove and measure pH on the chart that comes with the pH paper. Do not put the whole strip in your mouth or hold it in for too long.
  1. Record this first reading.
  2. Take the lemon juice and swish it around your mouth for 10 seconds before swallowing. Check your pH again and start timing.
  3. Test and record your saliva pH every minute for 5 minutes.

Check your readings against the chart below.  If your readings do not follow this pattern and become mildly alkaline then your system is failing.

Courtesy of www.thedrbob.com

Courtesy of www.thedrbob.com

If your acid buffer system is below the line then for 7 days:

Try and eat ONLY veg, salad, berries, almonds, 1 or 2 pieces of fruit max, fish, AVOID at ALL costs – grains, meat, poultry, dairy (although you can take whey protein powder)

Have 5-20 scoops of Dynamic Greens per day – click here for a testimonial

Have 3-9 Ganoderma Spore capsules per day (put them into your favourite hot drink) – Order Here

Retest your pH after 7 days. If it is improving then carry on with the same regime. If it is not improving, not improved much, or got worse, then call us.

If you are not sure how to interpret your results, or need help with ordering,  then we can help, call 01707 662 704

Checking the acid buffering system is a critical part of improving performance in athletes, to learn the full nutrition protocol that legends like boxer Evander Holyfield followed to beat Mike Tyson, and that many of today’s top US Olympic, NBA, NFL, and WWF stars follow then click on the link below, and fill in the form to get the 5 part series.

http://olympicnutrition.gr8.com/

Text Neck – A New Hertfordshire Epidemic?

Text Neck – It’s Not Just A Posture Problem, It’s A Health Problem

text neck hertfordshireParents are right to be concerned about the hours their children spend looking down at their phone.  And of course it’s not just children on mobile phones – it’s you too most likely.

The forward head posture caused by continual mobile phone and now tablet use is going to be responsible for more than just neck pain and headaches.

Text Neck can cause or contribute to upper back pain, shoulder pain and far worse.

Rene Caillet, Director of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Southern California points out these facts about forward head posture:

Forward head posture leads to loss of optimal spinal motion and function.

Optimal spinal motion is necessary for endorphin production (the chemical mediators that help reduce pain). Without this endorphin production the rest of the body tissues can become more sensitised to pain.

Forward Head Syndrome can deplete lung capacity by as much as 30%

Forward Head Syndrome can deplete lung capacity by as much as 30%.  Shortness of breath can lead to heart and blood vascular disease.

Forward head posture can cause the entire gastrointestinal tract to be affected, particularly the large intestine. Loss of good bowel function and evacuation are a common sequel associated with this postural weakness and may lead to toxic effects.

Apart from banning the use of mobile phones and tablets here’s what you can do:

Encourage Good Posture and get regular posture checks.

The International Posture Association recommends everyone should get their posture checked at least annually from the age of six.  In line with these recommendations we offer free spinal and posture health checks at Body In Balance. Give us a call today on 01707 662 704 to book a check up. It will only take about 20 minutes in total.

Poor Posture – Die Young (scary but true)

If you can’t make it to the clinic you can learn more about exercises that can help from Mike Westerdal a best-selling fitness author, and personal trainer.  He has created an excellent program to fix ‘ugly head posture’

The Most Important Muscle To Fix Forward Head Posture